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Christianity Engaging Islam in the Public Square

This Talk is Co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Institute and Reformed Theological Seminary

featuring Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

McLean Presbyterian Church
1020 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101

"For though we live in the world; we do not wage war as the world does.. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

As 21st century Christians how do we engage Islam in the "Public Square"? The problem of Islam is multi-faceted and complex. As we explore this issue we are challenged with many difficult questions:

In our current politically correct environment, how do we develop a strong apologetic against the ideology of Islam and still be able to evangelize Muslims?

Can Christianly and Islam co-exist peacefully in a Pluralistic Society?

Is the American idea of "Freedom of Religion" at odds with Sharia Law?

How do we challenge the truth of Islam and still love Muslims?

Can liberal/progressive Muslims reinterpret Islamic shari’a law so that it does not contradict the US Constitution’s understanding of religious freedom and human rights?

These lectures will radically change your understanding of Islam and prepare you to help the Church face what may be her greatest challenge in the 21st century.

Friday night lectures:

The Growing Influence of Islam in America

The Clash of Worldviews - Western and non-Western
Saturday morning lectures:

The Impact of Islam on US Society

What tools do we have as Christians to respond to Islam in the Public Square?

Biography
Patrick Sookhdeo was born in 1947 in Guyana, South America of Muslim parents. He moved with his family to the UK in 1959 and became a Christian while studying architecture in London. He met his wife Rosemary while they were both students at London Bible College and together they founded and directed In Contact Ministries (later called Servants Fellowship International). This was an evangelistic and church-planting ministry in Britain's inner cities, and included pastoring a multi-cultural congregation in east London for some 20 years. In 1989 Patrick and Rosemary founded the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, which aimed to inform Christians and others about the plight of the Church in Islamic contexts and to facilitate prayer. From this arose the ministry of Barnabas Fund, which provides practical aid and relief for Christian minorities where they are suffering discrimination or persecution, particularly in the Muslim world.
Patrick lectures nationally and internationally on Islamic issues, multicultural issues and race issues. He is the author/editor of over 20 books and numerous papers on these subject areas. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies; Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science; and a Fellow of the Security Institute of the United Kingdom. He has also worked extensively with numerous US military and security agencies.
Patrick holds a Ph.D. from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, a D.D. from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon for work on pluralism, and a D.D. from Nashotah House, Wisconsin. He was awarded the 2001 Coventry Cathedral Prize for Peace and Reconciliation and was also awarded the Spring 1990 Templeton UK project award to an individual for work in the community.

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